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Meanwhile, Elsewhere
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Newbiespud 23rd May 2013, 6:00 AM edit delete
Without. Context.

Alternate title: Love Letter to Beat Panels

Notice: Guest comic submissions are open! Guidelines here. Deadline: January 27th, 2023.



Guest 23rd May 2013, 6:00 AM edit delete reply
Dem faces. Hilarious.
Zuche 23rd May 2013, 6:06 AM edit delete reply
That was beautiful. Nice punchline, great panel selection, some third thing I can't identify but find myself compelled to list anyway... makes my morning.

Wait...duckface Fluttershy?!
Digo 23rd May 2013, 6:14 AM edit delete reply
I just noticed that "Rocky" is in that scene the first panel comes from. That just makes me laugh more.

Also, lack of context is the secret to a lot of the best "Bond One-Liners" in my group.
Zuche 23rd May 2013, 6:16 AM edit delete reply
Huh. I never realized he'd made an appearance before "Party of One". Well spotted.

As for lack of context, I'm having a field day reading that last panel as a euphemistic conversation now.
Destrustor 23rd May 2013, 6:15 AM edit delete reply
Fluttershy is best duck.

Flutterduck 23rd May 2013, 6:34 AM edit delete reply
"I'd LIKE to be a duck." =3
Digo 23rd May 2013, 7:01 AM edit delete reply
This thread is now the greatest thread you don't want to misread. XD
Broken Logic 23rd May 2013, 12:56 PM edit delete reply
Obviously AJ is best duck.
Seturis 23rd May 2013, 6:08 AM edit delete reply
My sides are vibrating on a molecular level.
T 23rd May 2013, 7:22 AM edit delete reply
They always are...
Giggle Tail 23rd May 2013, 6:48 AM edit delete reply
Giggle Tail
Sadly, I already posted my best "lack of context" story a while back (*cough*churchfulloforphans*cough*)
Zuche 23rd May 2013, 7:27 AM edit delete reply
But were they at least zombie orphans?

(Note: credit for this line goes to John Rogers. If you never read his run on IDW's Dungeons & Dragons comic, it's well worth your time. Same for his run on Blue Beetle.)
Digo 23rd May 2013, 7:56 AM edit delete reply
You mean the D&D comic based on 4e? Oh man that is an amazingly fun read. The characters truly are the backbone to that adventure.
Zuche 23rd May 2013, 8:10 AM edit delete reply
That's the one. I was so happy when they released them in hardbound collections. And yes, the characters were magnificent.
Giggle Tail 23rd May 2013, 10:51 AM edit delete reply
Giggle Tail
Actually, they were technically halfling rogues posing as orphans. Long story short, the whole thing started with me making a joke, which the rest of the party took seriously, and ultimately things led up to this heated exchange after the session (for those who didn't see it the last time I posted it):

Other party member: YOU HAVEN'T LET US DO A THING!

Zuche 23rd May 2013, 11:39 AM edit delete reply
Curiously, in the comic, it was the halfling rogue that delivered those words. Repeated for full value:

"On the bright side, they're orphan zombies, so no one's going to miss them."
aylatrigger 23rd May 2013, 7:37 PM edit delete reply
This reminds me of how our CE mage insisted to the rest of the mostly CG party that sshe swore a vendetta against orphanages as an orphanage killed her parents...
Zuche 24th May 2013, 7:00 AM edit delete reply
...That... wow. That's inspired mad reasoning right there.
Freemage 24th May 2013, 3:27 PM edit delete reply
So... I'm guessing she's a fan of Looking for Group? (For those not familiar, one of the protagonists is an undead warlock, and one of the ads shows him in front of a burning building, declaring, "You all saw it, that orphanage attacked me!")
Cygnia 23rd May 2013, 7:02 AM edit delete reply
Clearly, Rarity has outwitted the GM by being the one caught, thereby preventing the need to tell the others what she was REALLY up to (since you know Twilight would be leading the question charge if Spike got snatched). Remember all those leading questions Spike was asking earlier on whether or not she'd tell the others?
Digo 23rd May 2013, 7:10 AM edit delete reply
One time my group got caught crossing the context. One player and myself were discussing what we'd get charged with if we "hocked a loogie" at a statue of the king in front of the guards. Two other players were debating a magic item purchase on their shopping trip.
The GM had masterfully been able to keep up with both conversations.

So when I asked what kind of fine we'd face if we spat on the statue, one of the shoppers accidently raised her voice and said "That'll cost 9,000 gold just to start."

Me and the other PC at the statue turned to her and shouted in unison, "For A Loogie?!"

The session instantly derailed into laughter from the GM.
Zuche 23rd May 2013, 7:30 AM edit delete reply
I hope your GM had paused to take a drink at that point, because I can imagine no better time for a spit-take.
Kinrah 23rd May 2013, 7:15 AM edit delete reply
I like the fact it seems that Dash and possibly Pinkie have just lost interest in the whole un-GM'd plotline.
Lyntermas 23rd May 2013, 7:35 AM edit delete reply
Alt-script time!

DM: Alright, Spike rushes back and...I'm sorry, what are your characters doing.
TS: Applejack and I are in the library researching phoenixes...and how to deal with drama queens.
FS: I'm trying to get Philomena into a meditative state, which will calm her down.
PP: I'm in investigative mode, trying to learn more about Philomena's history and her motivations for not being reborn.
RD:...I'm watching clouds.
Zuche 23rd May 2013, 7:46 AM edit delete reply
Ah, good. It's good to see one of these again. I'm even reading Rainbow Dash in Charlie Brown's "I got a rock," voice too.
Digo 23rd May 2013, 7:57 AM edit delete reply
LOL, now i'm reading it that way too.
JSchunx 23rd May 2013, 2:14 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, I'm pretty sure Dash'd be fairly useless in this situation, unless they gave up on convincing Philomena to die and just moved on to killing her.
GreyDuck 23rd May 2013, 7:57 AM edit delete reply
I don't know why, but the picture of the pony in the deerstalker with the pipe cracked me up the most.

(No, I can't name the pony. Remember, I'm an outsider here...)
Zuche 23rd May 2013, 8:11 AM edit delete reply
Her name is Pinkie Pie...
HMorris73 23rd May 2013, 5:33 PM edit delete reply
And she is here to say...
Magnaliscious 23rd May 2013, 8:34 AM edit delete reply
SHUN THE OUTSIDER! SHUN!SUN! SHUN! SUN!... How the heck can you stay a outsider with those adorable faces?
Zuche 23rd May 2013, 8:48 AM edit delete reply
...I was hoping to start up a song there, Magnaliscious. Oh, well.
Newbiespud 23rd May 2013, 9:03 AM edit delete reply
In case anyone needs reminding, GreyDuck is, in fact, my dad.
Guest 23rd May 2013, 9:09 AM edit delete reply
Digo 23rd May 2013, 10:14 AM edit delete reply
Your girlfriend is here, your dad is here... I now expect a post of "yhul;p;54853" by a user named abvfe to which you'll say is your pet cat. :)
Raxon 23rd May 2013, 12:45 PM edit delete reply
You'd be amazed how many people in these comments are related to Spud. Have you ever wondered how I get away with being, well, me?
Zuche 23rd May 2013, 3:23 PM edit delete reply
Have we get away with being you? Let? Stopped? Rutabagaed?
abvfe 23rd May 2013, 5:07 PM edit delete reply
Guest 23rd May 2013, 5:21 PM edit delete reply
that was faster than expected.

your cat is very quick spud.
DoubleCross 24th May 2013, 3:57 AM edit delete reply
No, that'd be his dad's cat.

Hi, Mr Spuuuud.
Rokas 23rd May 2013, 8:52 AM edit delete reply
TS: *Speaking through the door* "Rarity! What are you doing to the GM in there?"
DM: "...I'm afraid Rarity can't give you a reply."
PP: "Oh s***, it's finally happened, the DM's gone insane and killed—!"
DM: "What? No! For the love of—I'm coming to explain it now!"
TS: "Run! Everyone run!"
RD: "Here, help me pry off the leg of the table and I can use it like a club!"
AJ: "Fergit the table, just pick up a chair!"
RD: "No way, the chair's far too unwieldy!"
Digo 23rd May 2013, 10:15 AM edit delete reply
'Frell'? Darn, and here I thought I made that word up 10 years ago. Haha :)
-R- 23rd May 2013, 9:56 PM edit delete reply
Euphrisims that are half reall and half made up? Uh...
"Go to Modgur."
"Son of a Sith!"
"What the hoof?
"Dam It!"
Zuche 24th May 2013, 7:24 AM edit delete reply
I amused a local emergency word by saying, "Excuse me for a moment. Expletive, expletive, expletive. Sorry, what was the next question?"
Rokas 24th May 2013, 7:34 AM edit delete reply
You have heard of Farscape, right? The widely popular Australian-made sci-fi show from which I got that euphemism from?
Zuche 24th May 2013, 7:47 AM edit delete reply
Thank you, Rokas. I've been trying to remember where I first heard that.
ChaosDX1 23rd May 2013, 9:52 AM edit delete reply
Twilight, you're just that skilled at derailing.
The Captain 23rd May 2013, 9:13 PM edit delete reply
The Captain
I have players in my group who are almost as skilled as her at derailing, but they don't derail as eloquently as she does, instead they just pander off talking about odd topics. I must take some blame too of course, but ahh, derailing is such a painful and nearly unavoidable nuisance. At least, nearly unavoidable for my group, hahaha.
Guest 23rd May 2013, 11:12 AM edit delete reply
Alt lines:
TS: But I didn't do anything
Pinkie;well techinaclly you did breath
Tatsurou 24th May 2013, 9:54 PM edit delete reply
I find it oddly appropriate that Pinkie uses a semicolon.
WhoWhatWhere 23rd May 2013, 12:20 PM edit delete reply
Was Fluttershy doing a demonic ritual be sacrificing the bird to some demon?
JSchunx 23rd May 2013, 2:12 PM edit delete reply
I'm sure there's a logical train of thought that leads from "convince the phoenix to die so it can be reborn" to "sacrifice the phoenix to demons", and I'm just as sure that it'd be a player who'd follow that train.
DukeGod 23rd May 2013, 6:08 PM edit delete reply
Of course there is!
1) Kill an orphan. Not a zombie one, yes?
2) Phoenixs are Lawful Good, so she'll want to help
3) Convince Phoenix that she must sacrifice herself to summon a demon that can heal the orphan
4) Pazuzu Pazuzu Pazuzu
5) ??? (OH GOD THE HORROR!!)
6) Profit! (In this case, Dead Reborn Phoenix, Summoned Demon and...well lets not go there okay?
WhoWhatWhere 24th May 2013, 7:43 PM edit delete reply
Well it is Fluttershy we're talking about, isn't she chaotic evil with an ungodly amount of bluff?
skrytch 23rd May 2013, 2:17 PM edit delete reply
"...I'll have no choice but to throw you in th Bunny Fire!... all hail Lord Smooze"
Woolytop 23rd May 2013, 1:20 PM edit delete reply
Well, let me grab the ketchup and a fork while I hunt down my comment on the last page.
-R- 23rd May 2013, 5:19 PM edit delete reply
Hah! Told you! Guess this means that the DM dosen't have a particular voice for Spike. Which is kinda odd, since Spike would sound like someone in high school. I say high school because I think a team of all girls who seem to be sixteen or something would be uncomfortable with a man older than them.
...wait. What if at the end of Equestria Girls, Twilight makes a clone of herself to stay in the human world? What if the humanized Mane 6 are really the ones playing this, and the DM is related to Brad? Or maybe he IS Brad, but decided to be just friends with Twilight a long time ago?
HMorris73 23rd May 2013, 5:43 PM edit delete reply
What makes you think the DM is a guy?
_R_ 23rd May 2013, 6:32 PM edit delete reply
Well, I'm not trying to be stereotypical here(I'm female), but most DM's are boys, and you could imagine a male in late high school or college saying this.
aylatrigger 23rd May 2013, 7:43 PM edit delete reply
Most of my games are gender flipped for that... though mostly that is due to my friends refusing to have any GM except me...
Guest 23rd May 2013, 8:57 PM edit delete reply
True most DMs are male, but all six of the players being female makes it seem less likely in this case (plus I just personally like the young Lauren Faust inspired interpretation from one of the guest comics).
HMorris73 23rd May 2013, 8:59 PM edit delete reply
Ah, forgot to put in my name...
DoubleCross 24th May 2013, 5:46 AM edit delete reply
I always read Spud as the DM, since the text is too clearly his writing style for me to avoid it. This is why I'm so curious to hear his Apple Bloom impression.
Mace Direwolf 23rd May 2013, 6:14 PM Mace Direwolf edit delete reply
Ahahaha! Poor Twilight--She didn't even do anything and Applejack suspect she may be responsible. Now that's quite the reputation! (Btw, I love the expressions you picked, Spud! Especially Fluttershy's adorable look x3) Maybe "storytime" should be about a PC that had gained a strong reputation for a certain behavior or action during a campaign! Oh yes, and I'm no long a lurker! *ahem* Although I'm not an active roleplayer myself, I am a big fan and plan to join a local group for a D&D 3.5e campaign during Summer; Yay for me! xD
emmerlaus 23rd May 2013, 6:20 PM edit delete reply
Good for you!

Im playing a Legend of the 5 ring every friday fro a while now, very fun...

We even tried to do a pony campaign but the result wasnt great LOL

Wish I coudl play a game of Shadowrun however but the players are hard to find :s
Mace Direwolf 28th May 2013, 9:06 PM Mace Direwolf edit delete reply
I've heard good things about those RPs, but rather unfortunately, I do not have the the time to learn about them right now. As for a pony campaign, I'd probably have trouble finding more Brony Roleplayers like myself.
aylatrigger 23rd May 2013, 8:17 PM edit delete reply
Welcome to the responders.

In response to your storytime prompt, I have had quiet a few of those. Also for NPCs as well.
One campaign had one of the PCs known for murder...his first action in the entire campaign was to stab the bartender in the face. This actually led to the adventure, as the DM took this and made him have a parole of solving the quest. He did not have a harsher punishment because the bartender somehow survived. And yet still my character was the least trusted in our group. All I did was be an Avenger for the god of insanity and chaos. I even helped out numerous times, by helping to move along the quest, saving party members, figuring out how to open a portal, sacrificing her virginity for the success of the quest, and bringing news to followers of Bahamut of a criminal wandering free.
One PC was a barbarian who hated paladins because he saw ONE paladin kill ONE squirrel. Fortunately he only had 3 intelligence and thought paladins only wore blue. Anyway, we went through a long campaign with his hatred of paladins... It was easy to get him to attack someone by saying they were a paladin. Besides him, the party had his best friend who was a rogue and a CE mage. As one of my friends can only play CE mages. So anyway, the mage mind controlled the rogue and made him kill a squirrel in front of the barbarian. The barbarian killed the rogue. After finding out the rogue was mind controlled, he attacked the mage, but the mage was prepared for it. I forget who won, but we ended the campaign there.
One oneshot GURPs game I played we all developed this. We were all super...heros?... in a city of supers. One character was a monster on the police force, and made Cowboy Cops look like dutiful, peaceful cops. His first action was to shoot a rocket launcher at surrendering and fleeing bank robbers. He took a similar approach to a mafia. The next 'hero' was a mercenary from the future, who upon said robbers making his groceries drop as they fled took out a nuclear gun and used a mininuke to vaporize their car. The third character was a ninja geek, called Ninjageek. He tried to sneakily find crooks and capture them while avoiding the first two characters. My character was The Janitor. She was from another dimension and could not tell who were villains and who were heroes (can you blame her?). So she cleaned up after battles, saving bystanders from rubble, removing radiation from the area, cleaning up blood, bodies, and rubble... At one point the GM said that there was a runaway train full of orphans and toxic waste so that I would use her superstrength instead of her super prestidigitation, and so I would actually do something. Though if you think about it, in a world of supervillains ajd superheroes fighting you kind of need a super powered clean up crew.
Mace Direwolf 28th May 2013, 10:02 PM Mace Direwolf edit delete reply
Much obliged for the welcome and I must say, the stories you mentioned were amusing.
The Captain 23rd May 2013, 9:04 PM edit delete reply
The Captain
Indeed good for you! D&D is amazingly awesome and if your group is good then you should have an amazing time!
Mace Direwolf 28th May 2013, 9:32 PM Mace Direwolf edit delete reply
Why thank you. Heh, so I've heard. I think I rather will! The DM is something of a friend of mine, and a really nice guy. He described one of his mystery senarios that included some puzzles, and he seem to be a substantially talented writer, and I recently made a friend of one of the other group members coinsidently, so I'm sure if I can go that I'll have loads of fun! Not to mention, he's considering my request to build a Werewolf Monk as my character, so as far as I know, the fun could practically be doubled! Haha!
Freemage 24th May 2013, 3:49 PM edit delete reply
I've got a player, rather than a character, who is known for his ability to shatter game-systems like they were those cheap bottles you see in Western flick bar-brawls. He immediately gravitates to the most completely overpowered set-up possible under the rules.

And he can even do this without knowing the rules himself. I ran a game of Feng Shui (it's a game meant to imitate Hong Kong Cinema, with a secret time-traveler war setting). I didn't let the players even see the book before the first session; instead, I had them describe their characters, and then handed them a completed sheet.

Sure enough, he gravitated directly to the one archetype in the game that is just obscenely broken. It's... uncanny.
Lossy_Bear 26th May 2013, 12:33 AM edit delete reply
I play an earth pony alchemist who has a habit of seeing what things are made of by mouthing them (y'know, cause she's a freakin HORSE) No one else does this and the GM has a habit of having touch-activated traps. I have to constantly make will saves at a deficit cause I'm shoving things into my mouth and I end up failing them half the time: the result I'm a cursed confectioner currently comatose.

Frank 23rd May 2013, 7:06 PM Not a bad DM edit delete reply
This is the second webcomic DM that has a bad record of having his campaigns derailed by his players. He should start a support group with Frank from Full Frontal Nerdity.

Frank at least has good reason for having his campaigns derailed by his "experienced" players. The players for TS and FS are both newbies.
emmerlaus 23rd May 2013, 7:11 PM edit delete reply
Storytime? About a character who got a reputation huh?

Bah, except a cleric of mine who was a lady-killer ( A mix or rogue//cleric (light armor variant from Unearthed Arcana I think)...

Bards however, always come with the "lady-killer" reputation... I never saw a guy playing a Bard that wasn't a ladies-man.
It seem to come with the package LOL
Tatsurou 24th May 2013, 10:05 PM edit delete reply
Well, one time I created a bard player that was a little girl. Since bard's seemed generally balanced towards charisma and sometimes intelligence, with strength and con being less important. So I decided to use a character set up that fit those stats.

She was actually pure elven, but with an aging disorder that made her age EVEN SLOWER than elves normally did. As such, she was actually 250, but only looked 6. Since she had no interest in most adult behaviors (she hadn't hit puberty yet), she didn't care if people underestimated her or thought her really young. In fact, she played it to a huge advantage, talking cutely and affecting a lisp. Also, she wore her hair so that her pointed ears were hidden. Despite many perception roles, my entire party thought I'd chosen to play a six year old girl who was unusually gifted with her harp and sang pretty...until they looked at my sheet.

Given those flaws, I was able to take some useful well as boost my cha, int, and wis pretty high. I also had several mastered languages under my belt...which I made an effort to speak in cutely, always pretending I didn't speak any language other than the local dialect.

You know, it's amazing how easily any hardened character - adventurer or otherwise - will believe the little girl is stupid just because she speaks with a lisp and dangles her legs off the stool...even when she looks human/elven and is speaking infernal flawlessly except for the lisp.
Mace Direwolf 28th May 2013, 9:52 PM Mace Direwolf edit delete reply
Hahaha! That's quite amusing--in fact, if I played a Bard, I'd probably be a ladiesman too--just like Miguel from The Road to El Dorado LOL
celestdaer 23rd May 2013, 8:25 PM edit delete reply
Fluttershy? Why did you light the fuse on that block of TNT?
Indalecio 23rd May 2013, 10:22 PM edit delete reply
For all the people who didn't ask, I give you the Rarity template!
DoubleCross 24th May 2013, 4:21 AM edit delete reply
Zuche 24th May 2013, 7:31 AM edit delete reply
Thank you, Indalecio!

For some reason, all I get from DoubleCross' comment is the red X. It makes me sad to miss out like this.
Indalecio 24th May 2013, 6:47 PM edit delete reply
I do see Double Cross post where Rarity is saying 'My arm is in the back of my head.' But the color is faded and has a reddish tint, so I'm not really sure what happened there.
Mace Direwolf 28th May 2013, 9:03 PM Mace Direwolf edit delete reply
I do believe the fade and tint was for dramatic effect.
Ted the saiyanwolf 29th Sep 2014, 6:25 PM edit delete reply
Ted the saiyanwolf
best. Punchline. Ever.